TOPEKA, Kan. (THE DRIVE) Thank you for a great year of The Drive as this is our final episode this season.
Kansas faced Oregon in the NCAA Tournament ultimately losing 74-60 on Saturday night, which gave the Ducks their first Final Four trip in nearly 80 years. Former K-State coach Dana Altman will be taking his Ducks to the final four and will face North Carolina.
Oregon took the lead with 16 minutes left and never trailed from that point. Kansas had closed the gap to 6 points thanks to a 3-pointer from Svi, with under 3 minutes left, but it was not enough to make a come back.
Player of the year front-runner Frank Mason III had 21 points in his final game for the Jayhawks (31-5), who had rolled to the Elite Eight by an average margin of 30 points. But their dream season ended with a thud just 40 minutes from campus on a night where very little went right.
Star freshman Josh Jackson was mired in early foul trouble. Sharpshooting guard Devonte Graham never got on track. And the swagger that the Big 12 champs showed in humiliating Purdue in the Sweet 16 quickly became a distant memory on a night that belonged to the Pac-12 champions.
Coach Bill Self is now 2-5 in the Elite 8. Even though it is a losing record, that is making it 3 games into the tournament half the time he has been at KU which is a huge accomplishment.
The K-State men's basketball still has not announced anything about the status of Coach Weber, so for now it seems like he will be sticking around for a sixth season. Unless when they find a permanent Athletics Director, if said person makes a different call.
The women's team took on Stanford at home but the Cardinal's had no problem dealing with the Wildcats or their home crowd, which spent much of the game sitting in silence. Stanford roared to a 39-21 halftime lead and never looked back in advancing to face No. 3 seed Texas on Friday night in Lexington, Kentucky.
Kindred Wesemann had 11 points and Breanna Lewis was held to nine in their final game for the Wildcats (23-11), who have not advanced past the NCAA Tournament's opening weekend since 2002.
Neither senior star could get on track after combining for 39 in the opening round.
Mitchell Dixon, a junior and the track and field team, set a new school record in the hammer throw, throwing 210 feet and 4 inches. This was his first K-State meet and Dixon obviously made an impression.